Holt County, MO Biography

John H. HOGREFE, one of the substantial German settlers of Lincoln township, was born at Walsrode, in Hanover, Germany Sept. 2, 1816 where he lived on a farm until 26 years of age. In 1842, he immigrated to America, landing at Baltimore Aug. 10 after a nine week voyage. He went to Marietta, Ohio and in spring 1843 moved to the city of St. Louis, Mo. That fall he moved to Lexington in Lafayette Co., Mo. and farmed there until the spring of 1846. He then went to St. Charles Co. as a minister of the German Methodist Church and was employed there in preaching until Oct., 1846. From then until 1850 he traveled over a broad section of Missouri as a Methodist minister. He then settled on the farm he now owns west of Craig. That bottomland was then nearly a wilderness with only a few scattered settlements. Mr. HOGREFE has since engaged in both farming and acting as a local preacher of the German Methodist Church. He owns 394 acres of land. He was married to Rebecca TROOK on April 19, 1847. Formerly of Ohio, she lived in Andrew Co. at the time of their marriage. Mr. HOGREFE has six sons and one daughter; Henry, Joseph, Abraham, Benjamin, Simeon, George W., and Matilda. He has always been a Republican. He is one of the earliest settlers of the Mo. River bottomland and has been one of the best citizens of the county.

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